- Organisation: Shelter
- Salary: £21,295
- Salary info: 18.75 hours per week. Fixed Term Contract – 12 Months.
- Job Type: Full time
- Closing date: 27 April 2014
- Location: HMP Styal, Cheshire (with occasional travel to other HMP’s in the local area)
We’re looking for a client focused Advice Assistant to provide housing, finance and debt services to prisoners.
Shelter’s Specialist Advice and Resettlement Team provide vital advice and support to prisoners and staff across 12 prisons in the North West. This is an exciting opportunity for a social welfare law adviser, preferably with experience of the Criminal Justice sector, to actively contribute to the Resettlement of women leaving custody and returning to the community. You will be helping to ensure no prisoner leaves custody without a home to return to.
Benefits include 30 days annual leave, flexible working and significant opportunities for learning and development.
Your key responsibilities:
• Working closely with any prisoner requiring housing, finance and debt advice during their time in custody
• Addressing their needs via a holistic multiagency engagement approach and preparing them for independence upon release
• Working closely with Peer Advisers in a collaborative and inclusive manner to support your operational delivery and develop their skills in preparation for employment.
And what you’ll need:
• Considerable and recent experience of delivering generalist advice and advocacy
• Experience in housing law, with some knowledge of welfare benefits and debt
• Some experience of working within the Criminal Justice sector and knowledge of providing advice within a prison setting
• An ability to handle a high volume of work and a flair for multi-tasking.
Please note that due to contract length of this role, successful candidates will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for an Enhanced Disclosure of convictions (including those which are “spent” for other purposes of the Act), reprimands and warnings, as well as undertaking vetting for access to HMP Prisons on acceptance of the role. A conviction is not necessarily a bar to recruitment and consideration will be given to all material facts and circumstances. Shelter is a registered body with the DBS and as such adheres to the Code of Practice. Copies of this are available.
For further information about the role, the benefits of working for Shelter and to apply please visit our website.
At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.
Shelter helps millions of people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness – and we campaign to prevent it in the first place.
We’re here so no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.
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